27-Year-Old Defensive End – Dallas Cowboys
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
After racking up 15 sacks in 16 games in 2013, big things were expected from Hardy in Carolina last season, but the NFL's crackdown on domestic violence in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal threw his c...
Greg Hardy Contract Information:
Signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys in March of 2015.
Hardy suffered a minor rib strain Thursday, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports. "To be honest with you, with Greg right from the start, he was actually going too hard," coach Jason Garrett said. "He was going too hard in the weight room and too hard on the field early on in the offseason. So he's a guy that is really committed to being the best that he can be. And I think he wants to be a part of something special. And I think he wants to come to work every day and show his teammates what he's all about in terms of his work ethic and what he can bring to our football team."
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Greg Hardy: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Much to the Cowboys' delight, Hardy's appeal was successful. He'll still miss the first four weeks of the season, after missing the final 15 games of 2014. If he's still the same player who recorded 26 sacks between the 2012 and 2013 campaigns, the Cowboys will have landed one of the best bargains in free agency, albeit on just a one-year contract. Hardy's probably not worth a look in most IDP leagues, as he's never topped 41 tackles in a season.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Per the report, Hardy will appeal his suspension, which ESPN.com notes is the outcome of the league's two-month investigation following the dismissal of the defensive end's domestic violence case. In the absence of a reduction in his suspension, Hardy won't be eligible to suit up in a regular season game with the Cowboys until the team's Week 12 contest against the Panthers.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Per the report, Hardy's incentive-laden contract with the Cowboys could be worth up to $13.1 million. Hardy, who remains on the Commissioner's Exempt List, could face a suspension to start the upcoming NFL season, but when the defensive end (who recorded 15 sacks for the Panthers in 2013) takes the field for Dallas, he'll provide his new team's pass rush with a major boost.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Hardy's accuser reportedly made herself "completely unavailable," leading to the dismissal. Hardy, who remains on Commissioner's Exempt list, heads into the offseason as a free agent, and it would cost the Panthers over $15 million to franchise tag him for 2015, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network. The defensive end played just one game in 2014 before being suspended, recording four tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Hardy's jury trial was originally scheduled for Nov. 17, but that date has been pushed back due to a crowded court docket. Currently on the commissioner's exempt list, Hardy is still unlikely to play this season, since the Panthers have indicated they will wait until the defensive end's legal situation is resolved before determining his future with the team.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Hardy continued his ascent as one of the NFL's best young defenders last year, improving his sack total to 15 after posting 11 in 2012, and there's no reason to think he'll slow down from here. Due in part to the four-game suspension of backup end Frank Alexander, there's a good chance Hardy will log a play count in the 900-snap range this year, which would help offset any potential regression in his sack rate. There's also reason to think the Carolina offense will suffer more three-and-outs in 2014 after losing WR Steve Smith and OT Jordan Gross in the offseason, in which case the Carolina defense would likely play more than the 975 snaps it did a year ago. It seems as if Hardy is on the verge of establishing himself as a more-feared defender than fellow end Charles Johnson, but Hardy shouldn't see a disproportionate number of double-teams. The defensive tackle duo of Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short is overpowering to the extent that opposing offensive lines might have reason to keep most of their double-team resources on the interior. Just keep an eye on Hardy's May domestic violence charge in case he faces a suspension.
While Charles Johnson is better paid and better known, it's Hardy who looks like the top IDP option among Carolina defensive ends. Hardy came alive in 2012 despite starting only 10 games, finishing with 61 tackles and 11 sacks. Even after his emergence, Hardy should still see favorable blocking scenarios since Johnson will likely remain the primary concern of offensive lines. The addition of the highly talented rookie defensive tackle duo of Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short will be useful for Hardy, as well. Hardy is a former underachiever who fell to the sixth round of the 2010 draft despite clearly possessing first-round talent, so that could make him a bit of a risk, but you'll notice that pretty much every candidate after the top six has a red flag of some sort, be it low tackle totals, injury issues or scheme change. Hardy's upside makes him worth the gamble.
Hardy will start at defensive end, although the Panthers will need him to pick up his production from last season. He had three sacks in the first five weeks of the 2011 season but recorded only one thereafter.
Hardy was involved in a motorcycle accident during the offseason and is trying to regain his form to get back into football shape. New head coach Ron Rivera has stated that Hardy will start opposite Charles Johnson, if he's healthy, but his 2011 season hinges on how quickly he can get that way.
Rookie defensive end has a lot of upside but has been dogged by negative criticism for a perceived bad attitude and work ethic.